YARMOUTH - Pamela Soule Johnson, 77, of Chebeague Island and Yarmouth, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, with her family by her side, just as she wanted.
Pam went to elementary school on the Island and graduated from Portland High School in 1959. In 1985, she became a successful real estate agent, retiring in 2007. Pam raised her children on the island, later moving to Yarmouth. She bought her home in 1992 and it has since been our port in any storm.
Pam spent her time taking care of her family. You would often find her driving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to school, sports or the boat. She called us all regularly and sent texts to check in. Her refrigerator was always covered in pictures and we rarely left her house without a cup of tea and something to eat. If you wanted to stay the night at her house, you had to make sure there would be an empty bed because there rarely was one. She made the best popcorn and put on the most amazing tea parties.
Pam was incredibly proud of her children and expressed it regularly. She had a love for her family that never wavered. Even in her last hours, she smiled at the sight of us and told us all how much she loved us. She made loving us her life's work and we never had to wonder what we meant to her. Pam often expressed how fortunate she felt to have a close, healthy family, but we know we were the fortunate ones. She is remembered for her lifelong beauty and selflessness.
Pam was predeceased by her parents, Sherman and Eleanor Johnson; and a son-in-law, Winthrop Houghton Jr.
Pam is survived by her two brothers, Peter Johnson and Stephen and Beverly Johnson; her six children and their spouses, Chris and Jill Rich, Kim and John Martin, Patti Rich, Sherman Rich, Jon and Amy Rich, Rebecca and Jim Koppmann, and a stepson, Craig Campbell and his wife Kim whom she thought of as her own. Her 15 grandchildren and their spouses, Stephanie Martin, Danielle and Shawn Rideout, David Rich, Brad and Anna Martin, Chris and Sara Martin, Nate and Sarah Martin, Brennah Martin, Stephen and Elias Rich, Braeden and Zach Rich, Hannah and Nicholas Koppmann, Catherine and Carly Rich. Six great-grandchildren, Drea and Brian Rideout, Finn and Maggie Martin, Jack Martin and Henry Martin; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her lifelong friends, Kenny Campbell, Phyllis Hoag, Joyce Burns, Mary Cushman and many more. Too many to name.
A service will be held at the Chebeague Island Methodist Church on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. There will be transportation to and from the boat on the island. There will not be any visiting hours.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.
South Portland, ME - Emile Joseph Voisine, Jr. lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
Emile “Joe” was born on August 16, 1948 to Emile J. Voisine, Sr. and Kathleen Morin in Millinocket. He was very proud of his French heritage from both sides of his family. Joe attended Cathedral School and spent over 30 years working as the Maintenance Director for The Sisters of Mercy, many of them taught him at Cathedral, but loved him anyway.
He served in the Army from August of 1968 to September of 1970 and was in Vietnam, something he never talked about. In 1974 he met the love of his life Eleanor “Ellie” Darling; they married on April 12, 1975. He acquired a 12 year old daughter in this union whom he loved and treated as his own.
In those early years Joe worked for his brothers-in-law at Maine Roofing then at McBradys Roofing company before going to The Sisters of Mercy. Joe loved the Patriots and the Red Sox. He loved Maine Mariners hockey, a passion he shared with his son Joey and his mother Kate. They went to every home game.
He was a fabulous woodworker; he made many shelves and bookcases for his family and friends. He was a very loyal and selfless man; putting everyone before him until the end. The Sisters always knew they could count on him for anything they needed. He was dedicated to them. It was evident in how they treated him and the prayers, tears, and loved they showed to him.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, his wife, and many loving aunts and uncles. He is survived by his daughter Jodi Darling and her husband Dana Peterson, Sr. his son Joseph, all of South Portland. His brothers Rodney and spouse Marilyn of Bristol Ct, Alfred and his spouse Carol and Paul, all of Westbrook. His grandsons Christopher, Michael, Dana Jr. Peterson and great-grandson Joseph Peterson. His companion Marcia Reilly, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11 a.m , St. Joseph’s Church 673 Stevens Ave, Portland ME.
In Lieu of flowers donations in Joe’s honor can be made to:
Blue Wave Basketball
3 Kennebago Dr. Scarborough ME 04074 or www.bluewavebasketball.org
Portland: Antonio (Tony) A Seneca, 87, of Portland passed away on October 30, 2018. He was born in Portland, a son of Joseph and Enrica (Rita) Seneca. Tony was educated in the Portland schools, joining the Airforce and serving for four years during the Korean War as a weapons specialist, earning the Korean Service Medal and other honors. Upon returning from Korea he became a Plumber and Pipefitter and worked at the Portland Company then the Carvel Company before retiring.
Tony was a lifelong member of the Amvets Post #25 and the Eagles Aerie #565, where he was known for his amazing cooking skills, especially Italian dishes which would be requested at most large Eagles functions. He was the person at every gathering that everyone looked forward to seeing because his love for life was so infectious. He was known for his music and dancing skills; he would know by the first three notes of “Pretty Woman” that it was time to get the whole crowd dancing! His love of music was so great that he recorded his own Country and Western record. He will be remembered for how deeply he fell in love with Japan while he was there, and how he always wanted to go back and share that beautiful place with the people he loved.
He is predeceased by his wife Nicolette (Maiorano); He is survived by his sister Philomena (Mena) Yarnold; his children: David Seneca and his fiancé Tanya Donovan of Framingham MA, Rita Ciaranello and her husband Tom of Falmouth ME and Paul Seneca and his wife Karen of Freeport. He also leaves five grandchildren: Christopher, Robyn, Jeremy, Jaymie and Rosalie, as well as his closest friend and work companion Charlie Hague.
The family would like to send a special thank you to the people at to Northern Light Homecare and Hospice for their loving care and support during his final days.
Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service; on November 13, 2018 at 10:30am, at Calvary Cemetery, 1461 Broadway, South Portland, ME
Lewiston- Robert 'Bob' A. Chouinard, 83, of 297 Stetson Rd., Lewiston went home to be with his loving wife and the Lord on October 15, 2018. He died peacefully at his home.
Bob was born in Lewiston on February 6, 1935 to Arthur Chouinard and Irene Boisvert Chouinard, the oldest of six children.
On September 8, 1955 he married Louise Emond and together, they raised 5 children. Bob was a proud member of the US Army Reserves and worked as a carpenter. He retired from Bates College at 62 but continued to work part- time until last year.
Bob had a great love for anything outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed weekend trips fishing, hunting and camping with his family and friends. Other hobbies included fly tying, woodworking, bowling, volley ball and watching the Patriots and Red Sox.
Survivors include his mother, Irene Chouinard, daughter, Tina and husband, Tony Longchamps of Greene, sons, Tim and wife, Lisa, and John and wife, Tina, all of Greene, daughter, Judy Begin of Waterville, and daughter, Sandy and husband, Brian Landry of Greene. He leaves 14 grandchildren, Patrick, Liza, Dustin, Meg, Nikki, Jake, Travis, Mandy, Zachary, Joshua, Kayla, Hannah, Paige and Tony, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild, He also leaves
2 brothers, Wilfred and wife, Joanne, Norman, and wife, Jolene, 3 sisters, Claire Chouinard, Camilla Bosse and Irene and husband, Rudy Therrien, sister-in-law, Eva Malia and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Louise, his father, Arthur, a grandson, Nicholas Begin and his grandson's wife, Jessica Longchamps.
Bob will be missed by many.
Visitation will be held at The First Assembly of God Church on Hogan Road in Lewiston on Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The Funeral Service will follow at the church at 7:00 PM. Committal Services will be held in the spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lewiston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to: The Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine.